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Avoiding colorectal cancer with fiber

March 9th, 2012

COLORECTAL cancer is the most common cancer among men in Malaysia. In women, it is the second most common cancer. For many, cancer is frightening and devastating disease. What then can we do to keep ourselves healthy and avoid the dreaded C-word?

In the 1970s, renowned surgeon Dennis Burkit demonstrated that people who consumed a diet rich in fiber had lower rate of colorectal cancer. Since then, other epidemiological studies have made similar observations.

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study about fiber consumption and colorectal cancer was published in 2003. This study was carried out across 10 different countries with half a million participants. The results of this large study showed that people who ate the most fiber (35g per day) have 25% less risk of developing cancer compared with the lowest fiber intake (15g per day). The authors also found that population of fiber could decrease their risk of colorectal cancer by up to 40% if fiber intake were doubled.

FiberAnother study known as the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial conducted in the United States demonstrated that people who ate the most fiber had 27% less polyps (which are often a precursor of malignant disease) than those who ate the least.

The findings of these studies are supported by the World Cancer Research Fund report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (2007). The report suggests a fiber intake of at least 25g a day to reduce the risk of cancer. The European Cancer Prevention Consensus Panel also advises intake of fruit, vegetables and cereals as part of the recommended diet to decrease cancer risk.

How does fiber reduce the risk of colorectal cancer?

  1. Food rich in fiber also contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These have been linked to cancer protection.
  2. Fiber is fermented in the colon by good bacteria that produce fatty acids. These provide energy for the cells in the wall of the colon, helping them to repair themselves.
  3. Fiber quickens the passage of waste though the colon, thereby shortening the time toxic substance stays in the colon.

A high fiber intake is highly recommended as it is a good indicator of a healthy diet. This is because high fiber consumption is associated with lower energy and fat intake. Other than playing a role in colorectal cancer prevention, this has a beneficial effect on other commonly occurring diseases such as heart disease and diabetes and conditions like constipation and high blood pressure.

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Ensuring that we get the recommended amount of fiber on a daily basis from our meals is not easy. Most Malaysians have been found to only consume 13-16g of fiber a day, whereas the daily recommended intake is 20-30g.

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Total Fiber has also been formulated to closely resemble our natural food fiber content. It contains six types of fiber with the appropriate proportion of insoluble to soluble fiber. Both insoluble and soluble fibers occur naturally in our food and are vital for good health.

Many other fiber supplements contain only soluble fiber which is then fermented in the gut by bacteria and causes bloating and flatulence.

As Total Fiber contains both insoluble and soluble fiber, you get the fiber you need without unpleasant side effects.

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